One more supercharger station… and it’s in Aspen! Woohoo!

I was creeping along in morning traffic and what did I see pop up on my Tesla navigation? A new supercharger station… in Aspen …. so of course I had to go right over and check it out.

 

Yes that does say 242 miles per hour

 

This is Josh who works for the Inn at Aspen he’s doing the finishing touches on the install.

This is a lovely spot in the East parking lot of the Inn at Aspen

It’s located at the base of Buttermilk where they hold the Xgames… and where Home Team serves up some tasty BBQ sports bar fare…

Independence

Monday was a lovely day to go over Independence Pass with a short stop at the Continental Divide 12,095′ sign… as everyone does….

Although there is normally a lot more snow at the top it was still lush green meadows dotted with small patches of snow under Colorado blue skies. There were a few wildflowers left by the road and I suspect there are more in the valleys.

Independence is always beautiful no matter which direction you look.

One of the things which really astonishes me is how much electricity is generated in the Tesla by going downhill.

Returning to Aspen at Twin Lakes I had 200 miles in the battery.

At the top of the Pass I was down to 182 miles in the battery.

By the time I was back in Aspen the regenerative brakes had produced 13 miles of charge- leaving 195 miles in the battery. That’s a total of 5 miles of battery charge  (200 in Twin Lakes , 195 in Aspen) to drive the 36 miles of Independence Pass.

 

Happy trails.

 

I do love this car.

 

 

Charging in Aspen

charging the tesla
charging the tesla
charging the tesla

 

One of the most frequent questions is “How long does it take to charge a Tesla?” and the answer is “That depends on the charger.” Here at the Pitkin County Public Works charger (across from  the airport between the animal shelter and the bus barn) the charge is 20 miles per hour.  At the Rio Grande parking lot in Aspen it’s 28 miles per hour. At the supercharger in Glenwood Springs it’s 280 miles per hour. We looooooove the supercharger.

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It’s turning into a trend – and a nice one at that.

Yesterday morning with 14″ of freshies on the mountain for the last day of the 2016 XGames

XGames Aspen 2016
XGames Aspen 2016

my first ride was  DJ Snake.

DJ Snake X Games Aspen 2016
DJ Snake X Games Aspen 2016

Pow during the day…

Freshies in Aspen January 31 2016
Freshies in Aspen January 31 2016

and Belly up at night…

and this morning…. more of the same…

 

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WinterSKOL!

winterskol fireworks

“What is Winterskol?” my riders ask. Literally it’s “a toast to Winter” but really- it’s a little party we cooked up for that January lull right after Christmas.

“Cooking”-which brings me to my favorite Winterskol event: SoupSKOL!

IMG_4663Our local restaurants get together and compete for the best soup. The public votes with orange spoons in soup kettles. (Let me tell you green chili makes a lovely handwarmer on a cold evening.)

Here’s our Winterskol King and Queen Tom and Jody Cardamone judging the soup (using sorbet as a palette cleanser between spoonfuls)

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This year’s winner was Meat and Cheese with a coconut based soup which made us all think of taking time out on the beach.

Don’t miss the snow carving on the mall…IMG_4670

…. actually I think the “leftovers” make a great snowball fort

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Winterskol!!

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Recharging walks

Hallam lake at ACES in Aspen

While the car was charging in the public garage yesterday I decided to visit one of my favorite places in Aspen. After al,l it’s not only the car which needs the batteries recharged.

ACES

Hallam lake at ACES in Aspen
Hallam lake at ACES in Aspen

and say hello to my favorite resident, Belle the Golden Eagle.

Golden Eagle at ACES in Aspen
Golden Eagle at ACES in Aspen

Belle was looking very fluffy yesterday. It was cold.

 

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